Nothing gives the skin a natural fresh start –
And when used regularly, it helps to clear blackheads, acne and restore balance to the skin. So, let’s dig deeper into clay – and hopefully, you’ll be inspired to make it part of your regular skin routine.
You might hear that clay absorbs impurities – but it actually adsorbs, which means things attach to clay particles, like a magnet. It’s a deep cleanser that clears away impurities which otherwise overwhelm the skin. It soothes irritations and it soothes inflammation. When you apply clay all over your face, it gently warms the skin and boosts circulation – this is so good for healthy skin.
I know that when I use a clay mask, my skin feels totally refreshed. It feels more tone, it looks more vibrant – and when I use clay masks regularly, I see fewer blackheads and congestion in my skin. My skin is in balance.
I do make my own clay mask treatments at home – and I mix in other ingredients depending on what my skin needs – I go into that more below.
The use of clay medicinally has been traced back to ancient Mesopotamia. Throughout history, we have been covering our skin in healing mud to cleanse, soothe and promote healing.
You can use clay therapeutically for first-aid and beauty simply by preparing a paste of clay and water – and applying it
There are many different types of clay, and each one is a little different.
Here’s are some descriptions to see which one might be right for you:
You can find and purchase clay online, and from health food stores
It makes sense to stock your pantry with a pure, dry clay powder – and then prepare your mask
Mixing: When making a clay mask, add the clay to the water – not the other way around, for better consistency. The right way makes a mud, the other way makes a sludge.
Consistency: For one facial application, add 1 tbsp of water to a bowl, and then begin to mix in the clay until it reaches the right consistency. You can then add in oil, or honey if you choose.
Time-saving: You can pre-make a batch of blended dry ingredients (clay + powdered herb or powdered milk) and store it in a jar, good for 3 months. Simply spoon out your clay blend to create a mask as you need. Application: Never let a clay mask dry and crack